Stoli® Group Denounces Russian Aggression and Shares History of Opposition
Stoli® Group has a long history of fighting the Russian regime. We unequivocally condemn the
military action in Ukraine and stand in support of the Ukrainian people.
“The safety and security of our Ukrainian team is our top priority. We are monitoring the situation
closely and are already moving swiftly and decisively to provide support where needed, both to our
people on the ground as well as partners,” noted Damian McKinney, Global CEO, Stoli® Group. “While
we do not have any operations in Russia, we do in Ukraine and across many of the bordering
“I have personally experienced persecution by Putin’s regime and I share the pain of Ukraine and its
people,” said Mr Shefler, Founder, Stoli® Group.
After purchasing the struggling business in 1997, Shefler transformed Stoli® vodka into a global vertically
integrated company. In 2000, in one the first examples of the regime identifying a valuable asset
and attempting to wrest control of it, Putin waged a battle for Stoli ® vodka trademarks across the world.
This is still ongoing in some countries. Yuri Shefler left Russia in 2002 and has not returned
When all else failed, the regime established FKP Soyuzplodoimport (also known as FTE
Soyuzplodoimport), a Russian state-company created in 2002 to attack trademark rights around the
world. Based in Moscow, FKP sells an inferior Russian product called Stolichnaya in very limited
markets. The product is easily distinguishable from Stoli® Group’s as the label clearly states made
in Russia. Stoli® Group has no connection to this product in both production and ideology. FKP may
not sell their product in 150 countries around the world, including the United States, where we own
the trademark rights and where only our Latvian produced vodka can be lawfully sold.
“For decades, Stoli® Group has resisted Putin’s regime. We stand now with all Ukrainians and
Russians calling for peace,” said McKinney.
Stoli® Group supporting Ukraine through donations to World Central Kitchen (WCK), a non-profit
organization that is first to the frontlines, providing meals in response to crises. Get involved: